One of the prime accused in the 13/7 triple bomb blasts was yesterday arrested from the Mumbai international airport. The arrested man, Zainul Abedin, is allegedly an Indian Mujahideen man and is believed to supplied the explosives for the 2011 blasts.
He was apprehended in a joint operation by the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka ATS teams on Tuesday morning, and was produced in court and remanded to 10 days in police custody.
On July 13, 2011, three coordinated blasts took place in Mumbai at Opera House, Zaveri Bazaar and Dadar Kabutarkhana. Twenty-six people lost their lives and about 150 were injured. Twelve of the accused have been arrested till date, while seven are still wanted.
Abedin (26) hails from Bhatkal town in Karnataka and is said to be close to IM leaders. He left the country after the blasts and was wanted for the last five years.
An ATS official said, “He is the prime accused in the case. He supplied all explosives for the blast. A Red Corner notice was issued against him.
His arrest will help us to understand the whole operation.”
“Yesterday, we got a tip-off about Abedin arriving from Saudi Arabia. We had made several teams and alerted the international airport officials too. Our people posed as passengers, staffers and laid a trap. At 5.30 in the morning, we arrested him at the airport. He was produced in the special court and remanded to police custody till May 6,” said a police officer.